So I just read a book on going off the grid and it had what was easily one of the larger chapters that was just about thinking what you use electricity on. Now to be honest while I always thought I was careful with how I used electricity I never realized exactly how much of it went to things that could actually be done other ways. As an example a solar water heater. Simply by shifting to taking a shower around dusk you can have plenty of hot water and only need a "regular" water heater for days with no sun and then you only turn the thing on when you need it. Even cooking (I have an electric range). The reason he talks about reducing your energy needs in the first place is because that then cuts the cost to get off the grid ... which I've found can get prohibitively expensive. However lets face it, if SHTF we're going to want off grid power (I'm working on getting my own power generation going). So here's my question. What kinds of things have you changed about your life from "regular modern society" to reduce your energy needs? I'm interested in hearing because the more ideas I can get the better (less money I have to spend).